MANILA, Sept. 23, 2013— The government must sequester unexplained wealth and properties of those linked to the P900-million Malampaya gas fund scam, a Catholic bishop said.
Bishop Pedro Arigo of Puerto Princesa said authorities should act immediately before those involved close or transfer their bank deposits to other accounts.
“Bawiin ng gobyerno dahil pera ito ng taong bayan. Ninakaw lang nila ang pera na dapat sana’y napakinabangan ng lahat,” Arigo said over Church-run Radio Veritas on Monday.
“Kumilos na dapat kaagad ang gobyerno para ma-sequester na ang mga properties na yan,” he said.
The bishop also called on the Supreme Court to finally resolve a four-year old petition on the Malampaya fund in light of recent allegations that the money was misused through fake organizations.
He said the people have waited long enough for the court to stop the corruption in the profits of the operation of oil and gas resources in Malampaya off Palawan.
“Ang masakit sa kawalan ng desisyon ng Korte Suprema ay patuloy na kinukurakot at pinagpipiyestahan ng mga mambabatas at opisyal ng pamahalaan ang Malampaya fund,” he added. (CBCPNews)